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About John Hopton

John is a freelance writer from the UK, currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoying their food and whiskey. His first novel, Three Little Boys, is currently available on Amazon.com.
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Dancing Plagues, Cursed Penises And Wildfire Laughter: Mass Hysteria At Its Best

Oct 31, 14 Dancing Plagues, Cursed Penises And Wildfire Laughter: Mass Hysteria At Its Best

Posted by in Health, Juxtaposed In Japan, Seasonal

With today being Halloween, it’s always worth looking at the weirder, creepier side of life. Recently, I have been reading about cases of mass hysteria. Some of them at first are almost beyond belief, until you remember just what a peculiar thing the human mind is.

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Windowless Plane Already Demonized

Oct 30, 14 Windowless Plane Already Demonized

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Space

A UK company is working on technology that could allow planes to become windowless within 10 years, resulting not only in a different kind of passenger experience but in reduced airfares too. As with every new technological development, it seems, there is criticism.

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“Spider Killer” Scientist Defends Himself Against Online Wrath

Oct 28, 14 “Spider Killer” Scientist Defends Himself Against Online Wrath

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

Piotr Naskrecki found unexpected, and unwanted, fame when he wrote a blog about encountering the colossal South American Goliath birdeater spider in the rainforest of Guyana -- and killing it. He did not kill it out of fear, trapping it under the world’s largest glass, or for some sort of sport. Photographs and measurements simply will not do.

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Newly Discovered WWII Shipwrecks Illustrate The Battle Of The Atlantic Off North Carolina

Oct 24, 14 Newly Discovered WWII Shipwrecks Illustrate The Battle Of The Atlantic Off North Carolina

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

Two World War II shipwrecks from opposing sides in the war have been found 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, adding significant detail to an important part of the war’s history and reminding Americans just how close the Battle of the Atlantic came to US shores.

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Take A Look At “Your Life On Earth”

A new BBC tool can help us to look at the changing face of the dynamic natural world, using our own life as context. The videos, images and beautifully presented data help us to understand how, since we were born, humans have changed, the Earth has changed, and how humans have changed the Earth.

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A Pocket-Sized Cloaking Device For Online Anonymity

Oct 20, 14 A Pocket-Sized Cloaking Device For Online Anonymity

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

A Kickstarter project is aiming to help Internet users to remain anonymous with a small, pocket-sized device; and it looks set to be successful in those aims given that with weeks still to go in the funding window it has already raised over half a million dollars, well above the goal of $7,500.

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Battle For “Space Taxi” Contracts Gets Heated

Oct 17, 14 Battle For “Space Taxi” Contracts Gets Heated

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Space

The 65th International Astronautical Congress held in Toronto recently ended, but not without controversy. The September 29th to October 3rd event came in the aftermath of a mid-September announcement from NASA of the winners of funding from the space agency to develop “space taxis” to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Facebook Has No Time For Fake “Likes”

Oct 12, 14 Facebook Has No Time For Fake “Likes”

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

Businesses know the value of a high profile presence on Facebook, and some are willing to use dirty tricks to achieve it. Fake “likes” are used by some less scrupulous businesses to have more people view the posts. But Facebook warns that as well as being a waste of time, the practice is something that they are well aware of and are tackling head on.

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Comcast Gets A Customer Fired – For Daring To Complain?

Oct 09, 14 Comcast Gets A Customer Fired – For Daring To Complain?

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

I’ll be honest, as a Brit who has no experience with Comcast other than the dreadful things I read about their customer service on the Internet, they are beginning to look like the telecommunications equivalent of bumbling villains, like Bowser or Harry and Marv from Home Alone. That is, until someone reaches the higher echelons of management with their complaint, after which things get a little less funny.

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Cortana Speaks Klingon But Upsets Some Trekkies

Oct 08, 14 Cortana Speaks Klingon But Upsets Some Trekkies

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant Cortana can now speak Klingon, to mark the launch of their Lumia 830 smartphone and their sponsorship of the Destination Star Trek convention in London. But Trekkies who attended the event may not have been too impressed with her pronunciation, or her insubordination.

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